Appearance: medium to large, oblong or slightly flattened oval, light to medium russet-brown, netted skin, white to pale yellow flesh
Texture: floury,dry; light and fluffy; hearty skin that is chewy when cooked
Flavor: mild; earthy; medium sugar content
Preferred uses: baking, frying, mashing, roasted
Russets are ideal for light and fluffy mashed potatoes. They also fry up crisp and golden brown, and they are the potato of choice for baking. The delicate flavor and fluffy texture of baked russets go well with all kinds of toppings, from traditional sour cream and chives to spicy and bold Mediterranean or Latin flavors. Try cutting into planks or wedges to make hearty oven-roasted “fries.” For more information, watch Potato Types and Tips below.
One russet potato (approximately 5.3 ounces in size) has 110 calories and is an excellent source of potassium (more than a banana) and vitamin C. Russets are also a good source of vitamin B6 and are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.
Check out the 35 minute or less russet recipes by clicking on the images below.
For more recipe ideas, please see our Russet Potato Recipes.
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